This year, resolve to get fit without ever using a treadmill again!

by Allie on January 10, 2011

Next time you travel, check out one of these hotels with exercise alternatives

With the new year comes New Year’s Resolutions, and we all know what that means: “Getting fit” will skyrocket to the top of many people’s priority lists. And while staying active on the road isn’t too hard — many hotels offer state-of- the-art cardio and strength training equipment — we know that treadmills can get downright boring after a while. So we’ve found the hotels that have one-of-a-kind fitness amenities that will add a little spice to your workouts in 2011, and below we’ll tell you where to find them.

Kayaking

The hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando
At this Orlando hotel, have fun while you get fit: Rent a kayak ($20 for 1 hour) and paddle on Grande Lake, or book the day-long Kayak School ($295 per person), an eco-tour (2 hour excursion, $60 per adult, kids are free!), or a morning row ($20 per person for 1 hour).

Kayaking at the Ritz-Carlton can be inexpensive and fun.

The hotel: Montelago Village Resort, Lake Las Vegas
The Montelago Village Resort, located on Lake Las Vegas, offers guided kayaking trips on Lake Mead and the Colorado River.  There are full-day ($150 per person) and half-day packages ($100 per person) that include gear, water, snacks, and lunch.  If it is too cold for kayaking, try ice skating on the floating rink (November through February; $15 for adults and $12 for children).

The marina at the Montelago Village Resort

Rock Climbing

The hotel: Canyon Ranch Miami
Canyon Ranch Miami includes a 70,000 square-foot spa and fitness center with a special treat: rock climbing.  Complimentary orientation classes are provided at two-story rock wall, and after that it costs $50 for 25 minutes or $95 for 50 minutes.  If you are looking for a true spa experience with a focus on healthy living, Canyon Ranch is your hotel.

The two-story Canyon Ranch rock wall

The hotels: Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino/Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
The Palazzo and The Venetian share the Canyon Ranch fitness facility, which includes a 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall.  A one-day Passport for the spa facilities is $40, though it will cost an additional $20 for a 25-minute rock climbing session.  When you’re done hitting The Strip or the spa, relax in one of the hotel complex’s 7 pools.

A view from the top of the Palazzo's 40-foot rock climbing wall

Free Yoga Classes

The hotel: Hotel Vitale, San Francisco
Enjoy the outdoor rooftop space of Hotel Vitale with a free yoga class overlooking San Francisco’s Financial District.  If the weather doesn’t permit a class outside, not to worry: Hotel Vitale always offers free day passes to the Embarcadero YMCA, just a half a block away.

Enjoy the view and a free yoga class at Hotel Vitale

The hotel: Palms Hotel and Spa, Miami
An added bonus to the beauty of the beach (which is just beyond the boardwalk behind the hotel), is the free yoga you can do there on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  If beach yoga isn’t your thing, try running along the beach from jetty to jetty.

You won't be skipping a workout with free yoga at Palms Hotel and Spa

Biking

The hotel: Good Hotel, San Francisco
Feeling like you want to save the world and help the environment? At Good Hotel you can do both.  Borrow one of the hotel’s free bikes and take in the sights of San Francisco, sans car.  You can also volunteer with their non-profit partner called One Brick:  They will arrange for you to volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank or help plant flowers at a local park.

Borrow a bike and volunteer at Good Hotel in San Francisco

The hotel: The Bowery Hotel, New York City
The Bowery Hotel, located in the East Village, has free bikes to borrow so you can explore the city streets.  Tired of dodging cars? You can simply relax back at the hotel thanks to its plentiful DVD and board game collection.

Bikes to use for free at The Bowery

The hotel: The Ambrose, Los Angeles
A truly “green” hotel located in Los Angeles, The Ambrose has free bike rentals to match its eco-conscious attitude.  Before heading out, don’t forget to fill your water bottle with the hotel’s highly-filtered tap water–The Ambrose really makes every effort to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When you’re ready to relax after your ride, head to the hotel’s Japanese-inspired relaxation garden.

Enjoy some biking outside The Ambrose

The hotel: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Orlando 
This hotel, perhaps Disney’s best, has a mile-long jogging path that stretches to Disney’s Polynesian Resort. But jogging is so 2010: You can rent bikes or a surrey and take them along the path.

The Grand Floridian's marina

In-Room Do-It-Yourself Fitness

The hotel: Affinia Dumont, New York City
If you like to exercise and are planning a trip to NYC, book yourself a room at the Affinia Dumont. This fitness-themed hotel provides a complimentary StayFit kit in each room, which includes a yoga mat, stretching blocks, 3 DVDs, workout bands, wrist/ankle weights, and a city map for a DIY jog.

Affinia StayFit Kit for Do It Yourself Yoga

The hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Request a free yoga mat from housekeeping and turn your room into a yoga studio. For a fee ($12 to $15 for 45 minutes), you can also watch an on-demand yoga video on your TV. After a toning workout, you can splurge on an in-room massage ($125 for one hour).

Yoga in-room at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Loaner iPods and Workout Clothes

The hotel: The Four Seasons Washington, D.C. 
If you’re coming to this Four Seasons, travel light: The hotel allows you to borrow an iPod Mini and workout clothes. After you exercise in the tri-level fitness center (including a 2-lane saltwater pool and entire floor of cardio equipment), stop off in the Seasons restaurant for breakfast where you can borrow a Kindle to read your hometown newspaper in any language.

Complimentary fruit-infused water at The Four Seasons

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Catherine January 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

This is a great article. I always feel guilty going on vacation and reversing all of my fitness progress. I will definitely keep these hotels in mind next time I look for a trip. The free yoga and the complimentary fitness kit are where I’m at!

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